Callaway Mack Daddy MD4 Wedge Review

Callaway Mack Daddy MD4 Wedge Review

By Paul Liberatore



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Building on the success of the Mack Daddy 3 wedge, Callaway released the Mack Daddy 4 at the beginning of 2018 and it soon became one of the hottest wedges of the year. So much so that the Mack Daddy 4 even received a Gold Rating in the 2018 Golf Digest’s Hot List. 

So if you are a player looking to get the ball to stop on a dime or even spin back, then the Mack Daddy 4 is the club for you. With new cutting-edge technology and design features, the Mack Daddy 4 is the perfect wedge for players of all skill levels looking to generate more spin and control from the fairway to in and around the green.

Key Features

New Groove-In-Groove Technology increases the surface area on the face and therefore contact with the cover of the ball at impact generating more spin on both full and short shots for increased precision and control.

Four different grind options allow for customization of wedge makeup depending on playing conditions and ability level.

Variable degrees of loft and bounce allow for tremendous versatility in shot selection off of tight lies and out of thick rough.

Design and Technology

It comes as little surprise that tour players not even sponsored by Callaway have put the Mack Daddy 4 in their bags. With Groove-In-Groove technology and such a multitude of loft, grind and bounce options, the Mack Daddy 4 has risen to the top of the wedge market for players of all abilities. With so much versatility and playability, it’s little wonder this wedge received a Gold Rating on this year’s Golf Digest Hot List.
Groove-In-Groove Technology accomplishes what other manufacturers have tried, but not always succeeded in doing since the elimination of square grooves in 2010. In the Mack Daddy 4, Callaway has inserted three “micro positive” grooves or ridges in between each of its normal-sized grooves. What does “micro positive” mean? 

Instead of grooves that are inverted into the face, “micro positive” grooves protrude slightly outward from the face. The result is greater surface area on the face and 84 contact points with the ball at impact resulting in substantially greater spin on full shots compared to other wedges on the market.

The Mack Daddy 4 features four different grinds (C, S, W, and X) that are suited for golfers of all skill levels. The C-grind features less bounce and more heel and toe relief suitable for firm conditions or low to mid handicap players looking to play a greater variety of specialty shots around the green. The S grind has a wider sole with minimal camber at the back and moderate toe and heel relief to keep the leading edge close to the ground through impact. The W grind has the widest sole and largest bounce providing maximum forgiveness on all shots around the green. The new X grind is a narrow sole and high-bounce grind that is suitable for players with steep attack angles or that play in soft conditions.


  • Very accurate and forgiving club with a modern design
  • A solid performing club that will turn a lot of heads
  • The sweet spot is about as big as a baseball


  • Some players may not like the size of the club head
  • May give too much spin for some players
  • May feel sluggish when swinging through the air

Our Experience

The Callaway Mack Daddy MD4 wedges represent a significant upgrade over the previous MD3 model. Callaway has focused on improving the key aspects of wedge performance - shape, grooves, and grinds.

Compared to the MD3, the MD4 has increased offset and a slightly straighter leading edge for cleaner contact from tight lies. Callaway has also evolved its "Groove-in-Groove" technology, with the lower lofts featuring 20V grooves and the higher lofts using more aggressive 5V grooves. Additionally, Callaway has added a "micro-positive surface texture" between the main grooves to increase and provide more consistent spin, especially on partial shots.

In terms of grinds, Callaway is offering 21 different loft/bounce combinations, the most robust wedge lineup they've ever produced. The head shape has a more compact "tour-proven" profile with a medium topline and crisp leading edge. The wedges are available in two finishes - Platinum Chrome and Matte Black, both with red accents.

Callaway is positioning the MD4 as "The New Standard in Wedge Performance" and is aiming to overtake Cleveland as the #2 wedge brand in the market. While the visual changes from the MD3 are relatively subtle, the technological upgrades under the hood are significant and should provide golfers with improved spin, control, and consistency around the greens.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are There Any Specific Target Audiences That the Mack Daddy 4 Wedge Is Designed For?

The Mack Daddy 4 wedge is designed for specific target audiences, offering innovative design with soft carbon steel for precise shots. It provides excellent spin and control around the greens, suitable for golfers seeking mastery.

What Makes the Club Face Design of the Mack Daddy 4 Wedge Innovative?

The club face technology of the Mack Daddy 4 wedge is innovative, enhancing spin performance. Its advanced groove-in-groove design creates increased spin, providing exceptional control and precision on approach shots and around the green.

How Does the Mack Daddy 4 Wedge Provide Spin and Control on Shots?

I’ve experienced the Mack Daddy 4 Wedge’s exceptional spin and control on my shots. Its innovative club face technology ensures shot accuracy. The precise CG locations and soft carbon steel provide satisfying feel and crisp turf interaction.

What Is the Club Face Material of the Mack Daddy 4 Wedge? Is It Made of Soft Carbon Steel?

Yes, the club face material of the Mack Daddy 4 wedge is soft carbon steel. This material enhances the wedge performance by providing a satisfying feel, precise CG locations, and crisp turf interaction.

Can You Provide a Brief Overview of the Pros and Cons of Using the Mack Daddy 4 Wedge?

Pros of using the Mack Daddy 4 wedge include its exceptional performance, offering great spin and smooth feeling on pitch shots. However, some users found the Dynamic Gold S200 shafts to be over- or under-spec for them.


The Callaway Mack Daddy 4 wedge features revolutionary Groove-In-Groove technology that allows players of all levels the ability to increase spin rates and gain greater precision and control. The variety of loft, bounce and grind options gives golfers plenty of choices to customize a wedge makeup that is suitable for their ability and the conditions they play in. The Callaway Mack Daddy 4 Wedge is the perfect club for players looking to take their game to the next level.

Paul Liberatore

Paul Liberatore

As the Founder of Golfers Authority Paul Liberatore Esq. has spent the last 7+ years writing about the best golf equipment or instruction from the top golf instructors in the world. He has been a contributing writer for Sports Illustrated Golf and GolfWRX. After graduating with honors from Purdue University, he realized that he had a passion for the golf business and the law. When he's not practicing law, or creating golf content on YouTube, he can be found on his syndicated Behind the Golf Brand podcast talking with the most prolific leaders in the golf industry. 

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